The fact that Jenna Talackova was disqualified from Miss Universe Canada because she was not born a female is disgusting. It just goes to show that no matter where in the world you are violence against the LGBT community is just as present. I’m not going to bother going into details about how bad pageants are because that’s a big topic to deal with it, instead I just wasn’t to touch on how this action reinforces homophobic attitudes and beliefs that have been present in society for years and as we can see are still present. Miss Universe Canada has stated that there was no discrimination intended, but when that rule was put in place discrimination was present. This is like the time that Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum claimed she had nothing against the LGBT community. By disqualifying Jenna Miss Universe Canada is reinforcing the idea and belief that if you are transgender you are not equal. It reinforces the idea that if you are a member of the LGBT community you are not equal. “World Peace” is something that comes to mind when thinking of pageants. But in order for there to be “world peace” the violence against the LGBT community needs to stop first. A good place to start would be to allow Jenna to compete. I call this all violence because it is suppressing the rights of a group of people. The consistent reinforcement of homophobic attitudes and beliefs also leads to physical, verbal or mental abuse. It teaches society that being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender is not ok. It may be 2012 but sometimes it doesn’t feel like it.